Franco-Hispanic Film Festival: Celebrate French independence with a four-day festival of recent films co-produced by French- and Spanish-speaking nations, at CocoWalk 16 Theatres (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove). Tonight's opening gala features the Florida premiere of Raul Ruiz's Franco-Chilean 1996 film Genealogies d'un Crime (Genealogy of a Crime), a Hitchcockian thriller starring Catherine Deneuve. The festival continues tomorrow through Sunday with nine additional films; see our "Calendar Listings" for a complete schedule. Tickets cost $50 for the opening film; $8 for each additional screening (see "Film," page 51). Call 858-7749. (GC)
Beethoven by the Beach: The Florida Philharmonic continues its all-Beethoven summer festival with a bevy of Beethoven-related activities. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. conductor James Judd leads the Triple Concerto and Symphony no. 3 (Eroica), preceded by a preconcert discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Other events include a performance of Symphonies no. 4 and 5 at the Broward Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and two piano sonata-thons: Sunday at 1:00 p.m. pianist Li Jian performs at the Museum of Art (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. pianist Walter Ponce performs at the Broward Center. Tickets cost $20. Beethoven by the Beach runs through July 20 with events at various locations in the Fort Lauderdale area. Times and ticket prices vary. See our "Calendar Listings" each week or call the Philharmonic at 930-1812 for a complete schedule. (GC)
Tribute to Pete Moss: Local rock musician Pete Moss passed away on May 20. Moss had been active on the scene for several years, performing in the Essentials, the Chant, Roosterhead, the Spanish Dogs, Johnny Tonite, Charlie Pickett and the Eggs, Larry Joe Miller and the Rockabilly Rockets, Gay Cowboys in Bondage, the Bobs, and many others. This weekend many of Moss's friends come together to pay tribute with two shows at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave.). Tonight's show features Charlie Pickett, the Goods, Diane Ward, Johnny Tonite, D.T. Martyrs, SC, Larry Joe Miller, and Faberge Dildo; tomorrow night's roster includes the Eat, Jim Wurster, the Holy Terrors, the Spanish Dogs, Gay Cowboys in Bondage, Stan Still Dance Band, Boise and the Moss Band, and the Funyons. Admission is by three-dollar donation; proceeds will benefit an instrument fund for the Stranahan High School band. Both shows begin at 9:30 p.m. Call 757-1807. (GC)
Bastille Day Celebrations: Oui, oui, eet eez Bastille Day again. Les Français among us celebrate their independence day, and instead of hot dogs and beer, you get Brie and Bordeaux. Tres classy. Joanna's Marketplace (8247 S. Dixie Hwy.) kicks off the festivities today at 5:00 p.m. with a celebration featuring a selection of French pastries, wine, pate, and cheeses. Tomorrow Epicure Market (1656 Alton Rd., Miami Beach) salutes the revolution from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a grand tasting reception, which means more free food. For more information, call 954-963-5540. And at CocoWalk (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove), managed by a French company, you can attend a variety of events including fashion shows today and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. and a sidewalk sale (seeing as shopping is a patriotic activity in France) all weekend long. Admission to all events is free. Also planned for the holiday is the Franco-Hispanic Film Festival (see earlier item). Call 444-0777. (JO)
Franco-Hispanic Film Festival: See Thursday.
Mango Madness: It comes over you in a completely unexpected way: You're standing in the produce section at your local supermarket, reaching for those nice, safe apples, when all of a sudden your hand shoots out and grabs a funky, orange-red-yellow-green fruit with a sweet aroma and fleshy pulp. Who cares that finding a really good mango is a difficult and often haphazard affair? When you do find that perfect fruit, it's all worthwhile. And this weekend at Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.), your chances of finding some extraordinary specimens are very, very good. Fairchild's annual Mango Madness kicks off this morning at 9:30 a.m. with a selection of over 150 varieties of the fruit. You can buy trees, consult with local experts, even sample the offerings. Go early because those hit by the mango fever are a ruthless bunch. From 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., attend one of the mango workshops to learn how to prune your tree, cook with mangos, and explore new varieties and cultivars. And finally, the culmination of Mango Madness comes tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. with a mango auction. Who would have thought people would go so crazy over one little tropical fruit? Admission is eight dollars. Call 667-1651. (JO)
Carnabeach: The cultural melting pot of the Miami area gets a bit spicier this weekend as the first Carnabeach festival comes to Ocean Drive (between Fifth and Fifteenth streets, Miami Beach). Carnabeach is a version of the Micareta, Brazil's off-season mini-Carnaval. Popular Brazilian Carnaval bands Timbalada (a 22-piece samba-, soul-, and reggae-influenced percussion group) and Chiclete Com Banana (a five-piece reggae, salsa, samba, and world-beat group that has achieved top-banana status with ten of its sixteen albums going gold) perform nonstop from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on two trios-eletrios, specially designed and decorated trucks imported from Brazil. Costumed and body-painted festgoers are a given, but it's not the flamboyant scene we're used to seeing in Rio; it's more of a six-hour moving concert. Carnabeach is free, but $15 gets you a bleacher seat between Tenth and Thirteenth streets for both days. If you really want to dive into the mix, costumes and a spot on a float are available for $100 to $150. Call 534-2090. (LB)